The daughter of his majesty the late King Hussein Bin Talal of Jordan, and wife of His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, UAE Vice President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein has a distinguished record of public service and outstanding commitment to humanitarian causes. Her Royal Highness established the first food assistance non-government organisation (NGO) in the Arab world, ‘Tkiyet Um Ali,’ a unique initiative which she founded in Jordan to provide food aid and social services to the poor.
She is also very active in promoting health, education, sports and youth issues across the Arab and Muslim world. From 2005 to 2007, Princess Haya joined WFP as a Goodwill Ambassador - the first Arab and the first woman to take up the position. Her appointment was supported by UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan, making her the second Goodwill Ambassador ever for WFP.
In December 2005, Princess Haya travelled to Malawi to see first hand the impact of the food crisis there. She spoke to children and their mothers at a Nutritional Rehabilitation Unit, and witnessed a WFP food distribution for the most vulnerable people in the country.
Her visit, at the peak of the lean season, helped to focus the attention of the international community on Malawi at a time when it was most needed. In September 2007, Princesss Haya was designated UN Messenger of Peace by Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon.
"I want to talk to people and understand what they are going through so I can speak to the world on their behalf. " -Princess Haya Bint Al Hussein